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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Book Review

I have to admit, I only bought this book because one of my friends was raving how amazing the theatre production was.  I never really wanted to read a book where a dog dies. I was traumatized enough after I am Legend * Robert Matheson but after a small research online, I was impressed on how well the book did.

The book received praise from outlets like the New York Times and from noted authors including Ian McEwan. To date, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has been published in more than thirty-five countries and has become an international best seller. In the United Kingdom, Haddon’s book has sold more than 2.6 million copies, making it the third best-selling book of the decade.

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The Haunting of Ashburn House * Darcy Coates * Book review

I really liked this book and I’ll tell you why! There is nothing better than a gothic-style house, a newcomer that finds there is a gruesome secret behind it and the moment they find out it’s haunted and they’re in mortal danger. There were several pieces of literature lying about my house concerning haunted houses (do you remember the one that was made into several horror movies (Amitiville Horror), or The Shining from Stephen King). This one was good because the mystery surrounding the previous owner was hearsay mostly and you discover along with the character what really happened.

The story revolves around Adrienne – a poor ghost writer ($20 in her hand to last her until the next paycheck), her fluffy cute coon-mix cat Wolfgang (from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and her inheritance. Even though her mother insisted they had no living relatives, a great aunt called Edith leaves a mansion for Adrienne to come and live in. Having little to no choice, she moves in and finds that the house has electricity only on the first floor, the second floor hallway is filled with portraits of the same people and there are messages inscribed in wood in several locations of the house.

“No mirrors”

“Is it Friday? Light the candle”

“Remember your secrets”

“They are still dead”

This sounds like a good beginning for any horror book.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series Book 1) * Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

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Joe Hill * Horns

If you are not getting enough drama from the daily news, if you are looking for a paranormal story of death, murder, betrayal, rape and revenge, look no further than Joe Hill’s Horns.

Ig Perrish wakes up the day after the one year anniversary of his girlfriend’s death. He drank way too much the night before, did something he can’t remember, and woke up with horns growing out of the middle of his forehead. When he’s around people they tell him all kinds of dirty secrets, the stuff they want to do and how they really think, as if he’s their own personal demon that they can confess to. And with this new ability, Ig finds out what his friends and family really think about him and the mystery of who really raped and killed his girlfriend slowly unfolds.

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Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

51imjknO8PL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I finished reading Gone Girl and I was shocked to find two other books by Gillian Flynn in my posession. Dark places and Sharp Objects. I finished Dark places last night and I must take a breather before I touch any other books. What an intense experience – it’s like living with a survivor of the Texas Chainsaw massacre for an entire week. It was like glimpsing into the abyss. It was like having to stare at somebody’s mutilated body without flinching or looking away. It was real enough to give me shivers.

This is the story of Libby Day, sole survivor of the Day massacre, where Ben Day, her brother, killed her mother and her two sisters.

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If tomorrow comes – Sidney Sheldon

if-tomorrow-comes-400x400-imadmy9p82b3cgswIf you ever wanted to read a book about a girl end up in prison for a crime she did not commit and then trying to escape and take her revenge on the people who put her there, this is the book you want. If you want to know how to scam people of their wealth, this is still the book you want to read. If you want to hear about a modern Robin-Hood and at least 5 heists explained, keep on reading!

In his amazing style, Sidney Sheldon brings to life Tracy, a beautiful and independent woman, who is not only smart but also very ambitious and driven. From the moment I started reading “If tomorrow comes” I struggled to put it down.

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Dick Francis – Shattered Book Review

New Year’s Eve of the millennium – Martin Stukely dies while riding as a jockey. After the race, his friend Gerard Logan is handed a videotape for safekeeping. The tape is stolen from his glass-works shop that night in the midnight celebration before Gerard had a chance to know what was on it. Within the following week, Gerard is attacked by four masked individuals who demanded the return of the tape.

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Zombie Candy and an interview with Frederick Lee Brooke

This book has all the ingredients of a perfect noir comedy – well formed characters, international locations, a fast moving plot with no brakes, and of course zombies. Revenge is a dish best served cold – and as a betrayed wife, master chef and cookery instructor, Candace cooks up the perfect recipe for the ultimate gazpacho
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The Goddess Chronicle (Natsuo Kirino)

What would you do if you were dead and your husband killed you on a boat, trying to escape from a village who would not agree to your forbidden love story? What if your husband would return to the village to marry your sister?
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